Dentistry is an area of health care devoted to maintaining the teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. While it is essential for complete oral health, dentistry can also have an impact on the health of your entire body. Today, dentists provide a wide range of care that contributes enormously to the quality of their patients’ day-to-day lives by preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, malocclusion, and oral-facial pain. These and other oral disorders can cause significant discomfort, improper chewing or digestion, dry mouth, abnormal speech, and altered appearances. Dentists are also instrumental in early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions of the body that manifest themselves in the mouth, and they are at the forefront of a range of new developments in cosmetic and aesthetic practices.